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Communications in China To learn for a foreigner

Confucius said:

"All people are the same; it is only their habits which differ"

Due to China’s rich and ancient culture, there are many codes of conduct that are still practiced.

  • Bowing or nodding is the common greeting. You may be offered a handshake. Wait for the Chinese to offer hand first.
  • Introductions are formal. Use formal titles.
  • Often Chinese will use a nickname to Westerners.
  • Being on time is vital.
  • Appointments are a must for business.
  • Contacts should be made prior to your trip.
  • The decision making process is slow. You should not expect to conclude your business swiftly.
  • Many Chinese will want to consult with the stars or wait for a lucky day before they make a decision.
  • Present and receive cards with both hands.
  • Never write on a business card or put it in your wallet or pocket. Carry a small card case.
  • Allow the Chinese to leave a meeting first.

Published: 15 May 2014

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